CHICAGO Ventas, Inc. (NYSE: VTR) announced today that it executed a transaction whereby Ventas and the management team of Atria Senior Living, Inc. own 100 percent of Atria, effective December 21. Atria Chairman and Chief Executive Officer John A. Moore will continue to lead Atria, one of the nationâ€™s premier providers of senior living care services. In the transaction, Ventas acquired 100 percent of various private investment funds previously managed by Lazard FrÃ¨res Real Estate Investors LLC or its affiliates. The acquired Funds now own (a) a 34 percent interest in Atria and (b) 3.7 million shares of Ventas common stock. The total purchase price for these interests was approximately $242 million. Atriaâ€™s executives and employees, including Moore, now own 66 percent of Atria. We are excited to complete this strategic transaction, creating additional alignment and capacity to grow our private pay senior housing business with Atria, Ventas Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Debra A. Cafaro said. €œAtria is one of the nationâ€™s premier providers of care to seniors, with a robust reporting and regulatory infrastructure. Its experienced team has delivered outstanding results. We are proud to expand our relationship with Atria, ensure its continued success and create additional opportunities for growth, she added. With our management team owning a majority stake in Atria, we are thoroughly invested in the long-term success of the brand and all the Atria communities, Atria Chairman and Chief Executive Officer John A. Moore said. For who we are and what we do, we couldnâ€™t imagine a better partner than Ventas to build our business. We have a terrific team with a longstanding record of serving seniors in environments that help them thrive and flourish. Atria platform and its ability to deliver value to all its constituents are strengthened by this transaction,â€ he added. The transaction terms imply that the Company bought its shares of common stock at a discount to the December 20 closing price of $64.69. In addition, Ventas obtained certain rights and minority protections regarding material transactions affecting Atria and is entitled to two seats on the Atria Board of Directors. The base management fee under Ventas management arrangements with Atria will remain at five percent of revenues. At year end, Atria is expected to have approximately $30 million cash on hand. In the transaction, Ventas also extinguished its obligation related to the €œEarnout,â€ a contingent performance-based payment arising out of Ventas 2011 acquisition of 117 Atria-managed senior living communities, for an additional $44 million. This amount represents the discounted present value of the potential future payment, which was reflected on Ventasâ€™s financial statements as a liability. Atria remains the same corporate and licensed entity and will continue to manage for Ventas a portfolio of 118 high-quality, private pay senior living communities containing approximately 13,600 units that are located in major metropolitan markets with strong wealth demographics. The transaction is expected to be minimally accretive to Ventasâ€™s 2013 normalized funds from operations (FFO) per share. The 3.7 million shares of Ventas common stock remain in the Funds, but will be considered treasury shares and excluded from Ventasâ€™s outstanding shares for purposes of calculating its earnings per share under generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) and normalized FFO per share.
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